the Nor'Wester

21 June 2019
Issue Nine
upcoming events
assistant principal's message
school life
oshc & sprout
school council
Brunswick North West Primary School
Culloden Street
Brunswick West, VIC, 3055

upcoming events

term 2, 2019


22.06.2019 - BNWPS Great Winter Clothing Swap (MPR @ 9.30-11.30am) 

24.06.2019 - Semester 1 Student Reports released on Sentral

27.06.2019 - School Council meeting (staffroom @ 7.00pm)

28.06.2019 - Term 2 concludes (2.30pm finish)

28.06.2019 - End of Term BBQ 



winter magic market date change

Please note that this year's Winter Magic Market will be postponed by one week - now to be held on August 10th. We apologise to any families who might have planned around the WMM and will endeavour to remind families as the printed calendar needs a revision!

volunteering @ BNW

We pride ourselves for our sense of belonging as it is beneficial for everyone. Family involvement in school strengthens our young people's connection to their education, it demonstrates the community connection many families choose our school for and helps us provide the best educational program and environment possible. In an attempt to better communicate with those interested in volunteering, the school is trying to build a volunteer register. We would love all family members to complete this short survey to help us collect this information. All information will be kept private and no one will be asked to commit to any volunteer work in the survey. 

There are so many different ways to become involved in your child's education and we love it when you want to get involved, but we must remind all family members that Working with Children Check cards are required by law.



assistant principal's message

assistant principal's message 

Dear Families,


Last Wednesday, 5th of June, Dr Helen McGrath, counselling psychologist and Adjunct Professor at Deakin University and RMIT university outlined 16 key strategies that you can adopt to support your child to develop the skills of resilience and hence be more likely to become successful young adults.


This was a highly engaging and though-provoking evening with many ideas being discussed. Helen kindly gave us her slides. In the proceeding newsletters, I’ll consider especially relevant strategies, providing examples from students.


The first strategy under the microscope is # 11:

Help your child to become socially confident:

• Teach & model social skills

• Show them how to manage ‘normal’ social issues well


When considering the first statistic that:

Many friendships at school are short-lived. Research has identified that over one school year at least 30% of children’s friendships don’t survive… what does this mean?

When meeting with some of our grade 4 girls, it became apparent that while some friendships have challenges, our children are capable of navigating these ups and downs, and in turn often creating stronger friendship.

Below is Maddie and Indianna’s (Unit FK) understanding of the FRIENDSHIP PATH

If you’re wondering what a friendship path is, it is the journey you have with friends. The longer you have known the friend, the longer the path. When you have an argument the friendship path gets chipped or damaged. But when you and the friend solve the problem the friendship path heals and gets longer.  


Given that 30% of friendships, don’t survive a year, we need to teach our children how to resolve friendships, so that your child has the greatest chance of creating long, lasting friendships.

By now I am confident that you are aware that as a school, we are working diligently and collectively to support your child taking risks with their learning, helping them build resilience and ultimately success in life. This has been discussed via newsletters and family information nights, including the Numeracy Family Night presented by Jessie Meade and Alice Hamilton on Thursday night. The learning pit and risk-taking were discussed in relation to becoming numerate people.

Many children feel worried about repairing relationships. It can be very uncomfortable when acknowledging what someone has done that has upset you, or what you have done that has upset someone else.  As a result, many children and adults for that matter may deny any wrong-doing, or won’t talk directly to someone who has upset them. We know, that it is however essential for this to happen. We have to support children with this level of discomfort, accept responsibility, or let a ‘friend’ know if they’ve upset you. As one child said to me yesterday, “I want them to tell me if I’ve done something wrong, so I can fix it.”

At BNWPS, we use Restorative Practices to help your children build the requisite skills and strategies so that they can effectively repair relationships. At Tuesday’s staff meeting, Kristy Elliot, facilitated some further learning and revision on Restorative Practices. “Restorative Practice is what practitioners do when they use the principles, values and practices of the philosophy of Restorative Justice (RJ). Restorative Justice principles and processes have existed in some cultures for hundreds of years. The Restorative Justice Framework is a values-based, collaborative approach to dealing with harmful behaviour. People and relationships are viewed as the most important aspect of schools and communities. A basic need of all people is to feel connected to others (belonging) and respected within their communities (significance). These factors have a significant impact on relationships and in turn achievement.”


A beautifully simple and accessible approach which for me encapsulates the core strategies and values of Restorative Practices discussed was:

I trialled this strategy today with a group of students. It felt very natural.

When thinking of this approach with your children at home, consider the following:

W – Warm – Listen to their stories.

Who should start telling their stories first? – Possibly the victim, unless they are too distressed. How will you position yourself – can you sit in a circle? Do you need to arrange your children in a circle and lower yourself to their height?

Ensure that children understand that they’ll all get to speak, but only one person can speak at a time.

A – Affect – explore the harm / impact – this is a very important aspect – children need to be heard. Therefore if emotions are too high, you may need to find another time to chat so that everyone can talk in a calm and respectful way. Don’t rush over the emotions, children often really feel sad, worried, frustrated, angry – big emotions.

R – Repair the harm – children are crazy clever at this part – they will have solutions once you’ve gone through the above two points. Sometimes they may need some prompts, suggestions depending on the severity, frequency and impact of the harm. All children need to feel that they are part of fixing the problem.

M – Move forward – prevention – as Kristy said on Tuesday night, checking in with children about how they are going is VITAL. You may want to put it on your family calendar and follow this up. This is the chance to celebrate the effective actions and if actions haven’t been effective, then you may need to come up with other actions.

Kristy Elliot, will be facilitating a family night on Restorative Justice on Wednesday 28th of August. More information will be sent out next term. As always please discuss any of these ideas with me! I love a chat!!!

Take care


school life

eid stall

Our Eid stall was a wonderful event that saw community and students working together to celebrate culture and diversity. The fairy floss machine was a hit with a never-ending line; as was the range of delicious food. Together we raised over $400 profit that will go to building bird boxes in the school and saving the orangutans in Indonesia. Supporting projects both locally and globally.

We donated to The Orangutan project to help support dedicated rescue teams and costly rehabilitation for orangutans.

A huge thank you to the wonderful staff, students and parents who helped with organising food and for being part of celebration.


capital works update

TELL ME YOUR DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE! of our school building…


When I first started as the principal I was surprised by how much learning I had to do around aggie pipes and building works. At first I thought this was a distraction from the teaching and learning work that I wanted to concentrate on, however, more and more I realise that no of the elements of school can be separated from the other and that each element works (hopefully) in harmony to create the best learning environment for your children.


There is a great deal of research that talks about the importance and influence of the surrounding environment on people’s capacity to learn, create and collaborate. The Reggio Emilia approach to education identifies spaces as ‘The Third Teacher’ after grown-ups and peers, a term which has been regaining popularity over the past few years. To provide interested families with some information I have found a brief fact sheet from ACECQA, also known as Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority, who have set consideration of the Environment/Third Teacher as one of their Quality Areas. Below is also a TEDTalk from Bridgitte Alomes, discussing the importance of intention when designing spaces.

I raise these ideas in preparation for the community to complete a survey regarding our school environment and the dreams we hold for the potential of this space. As we begin the first phase of our Capital Works process, community consultation is a vital element and will begin with this survey. When community members complete this survey, I want you to consider the full educational potential of this space. The video above quotes Steve Jobs as saying “Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works.” How does our school work? How do we want to see it working?


There are a number of questions in this survey and it may at first seem long, however, the control group of families who acted as my guinea pigs have said it is easy to complete quite quickly. You are also free to skip any questions if you do not feel you have enough knowledge or a strong enough opinion to respond to that statement.


When answering the statements, please only consider your own opinion - we will be consulting with students in a different way next week! However, for any families with ex-BNW students who have moved onto high school, we would love the opinion of students who have moved on to other schooling environments also - there is an option for BNW alumni.


In order to meet the timeline requirements of the Department, this survey will close at 5 pm next Thursday 27th June, with absolutely no opportunity for late submissions. If you have any questions about this survey or the CAPEX process, please contact the office.


Please support 1/2A in the environmentally friendly resource challenge run by Bostik by voting at 

(Project ID #BSS2177)


We hope our persuasive writing - why we should get the most votes - gets you to believe in our idea and take action 💚



art room request

Looking for bits and bobs

G’day helpful people. I am currently on the hunt for small toys, toy parts, timber offcuts, nails, screws, washers and any other interesting little objects. These will be upcycled into artworks to sell at the Art Auction at the Winter Magic Market.

Please bring all donations to The Art Room.





Follow us on twitter: @BnwpsM

What an exciting week this is! We are very excited to our first maths info night, with 53 people signing up to hear what’s happening at BNWPS numeracy. We will be having more information nights in Term 3 and 4 so if you missed out this time, keep an eye out for upcoming events.

We are also excited to have our first maths afternoon (although by the time you’re reading this, both of these things will have happened!). We are passionate about continuing to strengthen the connection between home and school, especially with maths. There are so many awesome, fun things you can do at home to continue to inspire your child and to practise those key mathematical skills. We are often asked what things parents can do at home to help their child, and the best thing you can do is to make maths visible, connect it with real life and make it incidental. It is important that students see maths in action, after all, it is everywhere!

There has been an amazing resource developed that talks about numeracy at home. It covers activities you could try, the language you could use and the best way you can help your child with maths activities.

Follow this link to access this awesome resource:


If you’d like to make maths more visible and include it your everyday home life but you’re not sure how to start, have a look at this website that has some short animations about every day maths.


If you’d like a maths challenge, why don’t you check out

There are lots of different challenges that you and your family can have a go at.


Have a wonderful 10,080 minutes!

oshc & sprout


Sprout is in need of volunteers for the end of term bbq. If you are free on the 28th June to help cook or serve sausages please get in touch with Kris at the canteen or via


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winter magic market – August 10th, 2-8pm


Seven weeks to go! Sincere apologies to the broader community regarding the change of date to the 10th of August but Winter Magic Market doesn’t happen without a strong team of awesome people and some of those awesome people were not going to be in the State on the 3rd, so it had to become the 10th of August.

We also wanted the Grade five and six kids and their wonderful teachers to be able to be part of the preparations and excitement, it’s a rite of passage to help set up the market on the Friday. They would have been away on school camp for the week before if we hadn’t moved the date back.


Meet the team: The Magic at the Winter Market won’t happen without the help of everyone in the school community but particularly important is the contribution of this amazing team of parents.


WMM Coordinator: Tanya Pittard,


Advertising artwork: Beci Orpin

WMM design and decorations: Erica Fisers, Magda Bors

Advertising signage and permits: Olli Nichols


Tea/hot chocolate/chai: Sally Quinn

American BBQ: Bruce Brown

Art Auction: Jane Eckett, Sam Everton, Andrew Lang

Art Bar: Paul Broadhurs

Baked Potatoes (replaces arvo tea stall in OHSC kitchen): Dee Coutts and Emma Bishop

Book Stall: Nirvana Adey, Katherine Lucy

Cake stall and treat stall: Sophie Bruce, Liz O'Neil, Linda Reiling, Naomi Wake

Circus equipment, glow sticks and toy stall: Tara Sanders and Grade 6

Coffee Cart: Jenna Wood and Tom Beaumont

Curries: Kris Bidenko and Tash Colengelo

Disco: Imogen Jubb, Beth Wilson and Raina Graham

Disco decorator: Raina Graham

Disco DJ's: Beth Wilson, Jarrod Roberts

Face Painting: Debbie Wood

Fire pits: Libby Harper

Hair Feathers: Kirsty McRobb

Indonesian food stall: Esti

Main Bar: Tamsin and Jason Downes, Lou Collodetti, Frank Hopkins

Mulled Wine: Tracey Hopkins and Rachel McKewen

Music: Jack Madin and Denis Phelan

Pancakes: Nina and Rod Dewar

Pizza: Theo Hartman, Jeff Newton, Mirko

Sausage sizzle: Coordinator needed please (All we need is someone to be there on the day to get the BBQ started and set the stall up and help the first shift of volunteers get going, then to be able to pop by during the market to answer questions and keep things running smoothly.)

Sourcing of random items: Jo Keeble

Tacos: Raph Raschid

Treat stall decorations: Coordinator needed please

Waste reduction: Diane Carpenter, Bec and Phil Hendy, Kristy Lee Tyrrell

If you would like to run the sausage sizzle or be in charge of decorating and setting up the treat stall or have an idea for a stall please contact Tanya asap as we need to finalise stalls and layout before term three commences.


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